To see in color is a delight for the eye
but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.
~ Andri Cauldwell
My longtime blogger buddy, Kaye of The Bucksnort Chronicles recently created a black and white photography challenge on Facebook. I tend to shy away from memes and challenges for the most part but every now and then, one catches my attention - especially if the rules are relaxed enough. They were plenty casual in this case - simply post black and white images throughout the month of February, as often or infrequently as the urge strikes. It struck a few times and those efforts are below.
Of course, I have to admit that I never shoot in monochrome. My personal challenge was just finding subjects which I thought could look better in black and white than in colour. All of these images were photographed in full colour and turned into black and white photos for the event. Most have probably been posted on my blog at some point through the years. I hope you enjoy them.
This tiny hand belongs to my past-neighbour Lilly. Remember her? That sweet little munchkin has recently celebrated her sixth birthday. Time sure flies, doesn't it?
She's always been utterly delicious from tip to toe. Thankfully, I get to read about her brother's and her antics on FB, occasionally.
The protective arms and helping hands of a patient father teaching his child how to fish off of the dock.
Same dock, different day. I was out for a walk when I spotted his quartet fishing. I stopped for a quick shot and then hurried along.
A macro view of a teeny-tiny seed which landed on a narrow railing of a different dock.
And still another dock, at night, shortly after the moon rose in the hazy sky.
From hazy night to misty morning. This was the view across the bay.
Late day sunlight presents the shadow of a planter as it falls across a back wall and door.
Just a couple of bar chairs which caught my eye while waiting for lunch one day, a few years back.
And since we're talking about chairs and lunch, I had a decent meal at a little restaurant near my place, one day. For some reason I was intrigued with getting a shot of the boots under the table. I grabbed this one on the sly - without use of the viewfinder. I just lowered the camera, took my chances and clicked blindly.
It's not every day you see a bearded dragon out for a walk in the park. Especially when he and his person are wearing matching leather vests.
My neighbour, Carol kindly gave me a few old books for which she no longer had room. Among them was a 75 year old copy of Treasure Island, a 1917 copy of The Merchant of Venice, Black Beauty from the 1930s and a couple of copies of Tom Sawyer - one from 1949 and this opened one which is undated.
Zephyr's little black and white, heart-shaped nose which is magically dark grey and pink in true colour.
I hope you enjoyed these. Full colour and I will return before too long.